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Census of Marine Life Project

The Census of Marine Life Collections present research from the Census of Marine Life (CoML), a ten-year initiative intended to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the world's oceans – past, present and future. As with all of our content, all material within collections is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License; hence users can, with attribution, download, print, or reuse in any way either individual articles or entire collections.

Much of the research reported within the articles published in these collections was conducted under the auspices of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) – a project supported by (among others) The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The named PLOS editor for each article had sole responsibility for the publication decision on the paper.

 

Diversity in the Nearshore: The NaGISA Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project, a component of the Census of Marine Life Project.


FMAP Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) program, a component of the Census of Marine Life Project.


HMAP Collection

The History of Marine Animal Populations is a global research initiative to study the past ocean life and human interaction with the sea.


MarBOL Collection

This collection of papers presents research in the field of Marine Barcoding under the auspices of MarBOL: a joint effort of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) and the Census of Marine Life to enhance our capacity to identify marine life by utilizing DNA barcoding.


Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography - Regional Comparisons of Global Issues

Through a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations, the Census of Marine Life (2000-2010) has engaged in a coordinated scientific program to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.


The TOPP Collection

This collection of papers highlights research performed under the auspices of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program, a component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). TOPP is a multi-institutional, multi-year large-scale biologging program that has deployed nearly 4300 tags on 23 marine species throughout the Pacific Ocean.


Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems - The ChEss Collection

This Collection presents some of the recent advances in biogeography and taxonomy within deep-sea chemosynthetic environments. 


Marine Life on Seamounts – The CenSeam Collection

This collection is part of the Census of Marine Life Project and brings together the latest seamount papers, enabling a wide variety of scientific results to be linked. 


The POST Collection

The Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking (POST) Program seeks to advance understanding of the movement and behavior of marine animals through the use of a large-scale acoustic telemetry and data management system.


Additional articles:

Making marine life count: A new baseline for policy

Using Satellite Tracking to Optimize Protection of Long-Lived Marine Species: Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation in Central Africa

Macrobenthic Biomass Relations in the Faroe-Shetland Channel: An Arctic-Atlantic Boundary Environment

Global Patterns and Predictions of Seafloor Biomass Using Random Forests

Do Meio- and Macrobenthic Nematodes Differ in Community Composition and Body Weight Trends with Depth?

Biodiversity's Big Wet Secret: The Global Distribution of Marine Biological Records Reveals Chronic Under-Exploration of the Deep Pelagic Ocean

Microbial ecology of four coral atolls in the northern Line Islands

Shifting baselines, local impacts, and global change on coral reefs

Baselines and Degradation of Coral Reefs in the Northern Line Islands

Long-Term GPS Tracking of Ocean Sunfish Mola mola Offers a New Direction in Fish Monitoring

Feeding Ecology of Coryphaenoides rupestris from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Human Activities on the Deep Seafloor in the North East Atlantic: An Assessment of Spatial Extent

A Method for Studying Protistan Diversity Using Massively Parallel Sequencing of V9 Hypervariable Regions of Small-Subunit Ribosomal RNA Genes

Threatened Corals Provide Underexplored Microbial Habitats